Department of English

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3000-Level Courses

3000-Level Graduate Courses - 2013-2014

Drama, 1660-1710
B. Corman

Critical reading of plays by Dryden, Shadwell, Otway, Lee, Etherege, Wycherley, Behn, Congreve, Vanbrugh, Cibber, Centlivre, Farquhar, Rowe and others in the context of theatre history, politics in the theatre, and critical controversies (old and new). 

Course Requirements 

Seminar, with several brief papers (5-10 minutes), minimal lecturing, discussion.

The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama, ed. Canfield (Broadview); supplementary texts.

Some familiarity with the history of the period is extremely helpful.

In-class seminar presentations (3) @ 25, 15, 10 = 50%; course paper @ 40%; participation @ 10%.

Wednesday / 9:00 am - 11:00 am (2 hours)
Room JHB 718, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George

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ENG3702HF*                 *COURSE ADDED MAY 13, 2013
A History of Violence: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Politics of Pain
D. F. Taylor

Course Description
The eighteenth-century is still often thought of as a period of “politeness”, but much of its literature offers elaborate and often sustained depictions of violence and brutality. In this course we will consider the variety of techniques and attitudes harnessed by writers to represent cruelty and pain. Focusing especially on the acts of social and sexual violence (assault, murder, execution, incarceration) that punctuate some of the period’s most popular novels and dramas, we will look particularly at how these scenes function to map and/or disrupt the prevailing politics of class and gender and also consider the ways in which these works were vicariously experienced and consumed by their public. We will read texts alongside excerpts from contemporaneous philosophical efforts to confront the aesthetics of pain – such as those of Burke, Smith, Hume – and also recent theories of the nature and representation of violence.

Reading List
Novels: Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740); John Cleland, Fanny Hill (1748); Frances Burney, Evelina (1778); Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman (1798); William Earle, Obi, or Three Fingered Jack (1800).

Plays: Nicholas Rowe, The Fair Penitent (1703); George Lillo, The London Merchant (1731); Joanna Baillie, De Monfort (1798).

The plays, along with excerpts from philosophical texts such as Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry (1757), David Hume essay ‘Of Tragedy’ (1757), and Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), will be provided in a course reader.

Informed participation (25%); seminar presentation (25%); annotated bibliography (10%); research paper of 4,500-5,000 words (40%). 

Fall Term 
Thursday / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hours)
Room 718, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George

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